Tag: Wisconsin

The Great American Cardboard Comeback

COMBINED LOCKS, Wis. — As he watched the No. 7 paper machine hiss and hum for what he thought was the last time, Rick Strick felt a lump well in his throat. It was Sept. 21, 2017, and the paper mill that had employed Mr. Strick, his father and his grandfather was shutting down after […]

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Milwaukee Picked as Site of 2020 Democratic National Convention

[Sign up for our politics newsletter and join our conversation about the 2020 presidential race.] The Democratic National Committee has selected Milwaukee as the site of its national convention, placing a spotlight on a key Midwestern battleground state that Democrats lost for the first time in three decades in 2016 […]

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Small business in Wisconsin cancels its unusably bad internet service from Frontier; Frontier demands $4,300 cancellation fee

Wisconsin’s Pardeeville Area Shopper is a one-person family business run by Candace Lestina, whose mother founded the weekly paper; like all businesses, the Shopper needs internet service, and like most American businesses, the Shopper is at the mercy of a terrible, monopolistic ISP, in this case, Frontier. Frontier’s service was unusably bad: six […]

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High school cheerleaders were given “awards” for things like “best booty” from their coaches—and it’s not okay

Wisconsin Cheerleaders Were Body-Shamed By Their Coaches – HelloGiggles High school cheerleaders were given “awards” for things like “best booty” from their coaches—and it’s not okay this link is to an external site that may or may not meet accessibility guidelines.

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Amy Klobuchar Casts Herself as Heartland Democrat in First Campaign Swing

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Amy Klobuchar cast herself as the candidate from the heartland Saturday in the first campaign trip of her presidential run, visiting a state Hillary Clinton narrowly lost in 2016 and emphasizing her deep Midwestern roots, her knowledge of rural America and her record of bipartisanship while […]

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All-White Wisconsin GOP Decide Colin Kaepernick Is ‘Too Controversial’ to be Included in Black Caucus’ Resolution to Honor Black History Month 

Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer (Getty Images) A group of white Wisconsin Republicans have decided that former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick was too controversial to be included in a resolution to recognize Black History Month so they took him off of a list of influential black leaders. As the story goes, the […]

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Delayed, not saved: Foxconn’s Wisconsin “factory” announcement is a bid to help Trump save face

After announcing that, inevitably, it wasn’t going to build an LCD factory in Wisconsin, and would instead use its $4.1 billion subsidy to build a modest R&D facility employing out-of-state skilled workers; Foxconn reversed itself and promised that the factory was back on. The factory is not back on. LCDs are pure […]

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Foxconn flip-flops on Wisconsin factory after meeting with President Trump

Electronics giant Foxconn’s plans to build an advanced manufacturing facility in Wisconsin continue to change, and after meeting with President Donald Trump on Friday, the company said it was recommitting to building a type of facility it had previously voiced concerns about. “After productive discussions between the White House and […]

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Foxconn Affirms Wisconsin Factory Plan, Citing Trump Chat

Foxconn, the Taiwan-based consumer electronics giant, said Friday that it was committed to building a manufacturing facility in Wisconsin after a conversation between the company’s chairman and President Trump. In a statement, the company said it “is moving forward with our planned construction of a Gen 6 fab facility,” a […]

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Foxconn’s Wisconsin factory never made sense

More than a year after committing to build a $10 billion factory in the state of Wisconsin, Foxconn threw in the towel on the “factory” concept yesterday, telling Reuters that the company now thinks it will be too expensive to manufacture LCD panels in Wisconsin as initially intended. A Foxconn […]

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Foxconn Is Reconsidering Plan for Manufacturing in Wisconsin

Foxconn, the giant Taiwan-based company that announced plans for a $10 billion display-making factory in Wisconsin, now says it is rethinking the project’s focus because of “new realities” in the global marketplace. The project was hailed by President Trump at a groundbreaking last June as the “eighth wonder of the […]

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Jayme Closs, Missing Wisconsin Girl, Is Found; Man Is Accused in Abduction

GORDON, Wis. — A 21-year-old man was being held in the disappearance of a teenager, Jayme Closs, who had vanished from her rural Wisconsin home on the same fall night that her parents were found fatally shot there. Jake T. Patterson, 21, was being held pending formal charges of murder […]

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Breakdown of biggest VC raises in Midwestern states in 2018

As the new year gets underway, 2018’s fundraising numbers are rolling in, allowing us to get a snapshot of how the Midwest’s top startups fared. It was a good year for the Midwest, which we define here as Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. Here is a list of […]

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Jayme Closs, Missing After Parents’ Deaths, Is Found Alive in Wisconsin, Authorities Say

A teenage girl who went missing from the house where her parents were killed has been found, the authorities said on Thursday night, three months after her disappearance rattled a small town in Wisconsin and prompted a large-scale manhunt. A suspect has been taken into custody. Jayme Closs, 13, was […]

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Police: Babysitter Accused of Killing Infant Tried to Hide Death from Mother

A Wisconsin babysitter accused of killing a two-month-old boy allegedly tried to hide the infant’s death from his mother by dressing him and propping his body up in a car seat, police said. Authorities charged Marissa Tietsort, 28, of Wausau, with first-degree intentional homicide in connection with the child’s death, the Wausau Daily Herald reported. The […]

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As Big Retailers Seek to Cut Their Tax Bills, Towns Bear the Brunt

WAUWATOSA, Wis. — With astonishing range and rapidity, big-box retailers and corporate giants are using an aggressive legal tactic to shrink their property tax bills, a strategy that is costing local governments and school districts around the country hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue. These businesses — many […]

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Wisconsin Power Struggle Appears Bound for Court, Long Favorable to Republicans

Wisconsin’s judiciary, officially nonpartisan, has been marred in recent years by political intrigue, divisive elections and even accusations of one judge placing another in a chokehold. Now it may be what decides the fate of the outgoing governor’s new laws to limit the power of his successor. “There will be […]

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Two Companies Finally Speak Up

This article is part of the Opinion Today newsletter. You can sign up here to receive the newsletter each weekday. First, if you doubt that Republicans are becoming more willing to defy President Trump, consider the Senate’s vote on the crisis in Yemen yesterday. Senators don’t normally rein in a […]

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Behind G.O.P. Power Play in Midwest: Fear of Losing a Gerrymandered Advantage

LANSING, Mich. — When Michigan Republicans began moving legislation last week to limit the power of newly elected Democratic officials, some liberal activists shouted “shame!” through the Capitol rotunda while others trailed legislators with boom microphones, live-streaming their interactions online to make them uncomfortable. But if many on the left […]

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